Obligatory macaron stop at Ladurée.
I Battled My Boyfriend For This Face-Saving Mist
What is it? Avene’s Thermal Spring Water. This perennial beauty editor pick is a nourishing and hydrating mist from France that’s packed with minerals to calm troubled or parched skin.
Who’s it perfect for? This face spray is way more than just water. It takes 40 years for this H2O to travel through the Cevennes mountain aquifer to the thermal spring where it’s collected. During that time it picks up tons of good-for-your-skin minerals that actually help rebalance irritated dermis. It’s great for anyone—but it’s especially good for folks with eczema, psoriasis, or just generally sensitive skin. (Pro tip: you can use this all over your body to help calm redness!)
Insider deets from a Birchbox staffer: "At my college roommate’s vineyard wedding earlier this summer, she handed out bottles of this mist to keep guests cool during the outdoor reception. My boyfriend spritzed it all over his face once—and then wouldn’t give up the bottle until the next day when I needed it to calm an extra bad sunburn on my shoulders. Even then, we had to exchange some strong words (including “share!” and “what’ll you give me for it?”) before he’d let me get anywhere near it.” —Candice, Editor
Can’t wait to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about this soothing spray.
Around the World in 7 Scents
Warm summer weather always gets us thinking about exotic locales—especially if we’re staying in one place for more than a few weeks. But don’t fret, even if you can’t jetset yourself, we’ll get your imagination fired up. We used industry reports, surveys and on-the-ground intel from our European teams to help us sniff out the latest fragrance trends from across the globe.
From the Maine to Catalonia and beyond, these evocative scents will transport you to the sun-kissed spot of your choosing.
For more summer travel tips, check out Birchbox’s June 2013 Magazine.
We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.
This week on Hairistocracy we’re celebrating our oh-so-recent news (Have you heard?!)
with some inspiration from our brand-new French counterparts.
It started this past weekend at the Birchbox Sample Stop
. Little miss Whitney, my beloved Ops Associate, volunteered to help our team with the event and had the lucky opportunity to get her hair done by the Fekkai
team. She walked out with a killer up-do that happened to be one of the most unique I have ever seen. Even though I immediately assumed this look came from one of those stylists with magic hands (you know, an up-do that’s absolutely impossible to replicate yourself), I asked Whitney how they created it anyway.